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The Box (2009)

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A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.


Richard Kelly


Richard Kelly (screenplay), Richard Matheson (short story "Button, Button")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Norma Lewis
James Marsden ... Arthur Lewis
Frank Langella ... Arlington Steward
James Rebhorn ... Norm Cahill
Holmes Osborne ... Dick Burns
Sam Oz Stone Sam Oz Stone ... Walter Lewis
Gillian Jacobs ... Dana
Celia Weston ... Lana Burns
Deborah Rush ... Clymene Steward
Lisa K. Wyatt ... Rhonda Martin
Mark S. Cartier ... Martin Teague (as Mark Cartier)
Kevin Robertson Kevin Robertson ... Wendell Matheson
Michele Durrett Michele Durrett ... Rebecca Matheson
Ian Kahn ... Vick Brenner
John Magaro ... Charles


Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kutija See more »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,571,417, 8 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,045,676, 3 January 2010
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the commentary of Tony Scott's Domino (2005), director Richard Kelly outright dismissed shooting a 1970s period piece with a digital camera. However, after seeing David Fincher's Zodiac (2007), Kelly's position quickly changed, and he was quoted saying, "It can be done." See more »


After Norma's father runs Arlington's license plate number, he refers to the vehicle as a "Town Car" but Lincoln did not come out with the "Town Car" until 1981. Up until then, and in the year this movie takes place, the use of "Town Car" was only used to denote a trim package on the Lincoln Continental. Someone referring to a Lincoln in 1976 as a "Town Car" would make no sense. It would be like describing a car as "sport package" or telling someone "It was a Ford 'Luxury Edition'". See more »


Norma Lewis: Can you tell me what happened?
Arthur Lewis: [confused] I need a drink.
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References Sinners Go to Hell (1962) See more »


Bell Bottom Blues
Written by Eric Clapton
Performed by Derek & The Dominos (as Derek and the Dominos)
Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises
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11 June 2013 | by MrAwesome1022See all my reviews

It seems that most either hate or love this film with nothing in between. I have seen people say it was "hateful" or "they didn't understand the ending" I will simply say, a number of people just did not understand the film at all.

I personally thought it was better than Donnie Darko, as Kelly went out of his way to be weird for the sake of it in that film. This seemingly had a bit more meaning behind it.

To those who found the script hateful, it simply isn't do not allow that opinion to keep you from watching this movie. If anything the script shows you that greed and the error of our ways do have consequences and could harm those we love. That isn't hateful, but more of a message alerting us that our every decision is indeed important.

Do not be scared away by those who ranked the film at four and below, this is a movie for those who want to be challenged to think outside the normal boundaries of everyday thought. If you're up to that challenge it's worth seeing, although certain areas could be done better.

It was nice to see Cameron do a serious role, but she did seem at times rusty at portraying some of the emotions needed for such a role. At others she nailed what she needed to deliver. James Mardsen (Arthur Lewis) and Frank Langella (Arlington Steward) both delivered consistent performances.

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